8. Muncie, Indiana
The American Midwest is still often stereotyped as being uncultured, and Muncie, IN manages to demonstrate just how hollow that perception really is.
Muncie has a fantastic music scene, and there’s a great deal of emphasis on fine arts and performing arts there. The median age of the city skews young at only around 28, and most of the population is under 45. Muncie also manages to serve as a counterexample to the perception that Midwestern cities are all full of established families and the young cling to the coastal cities.
People can see 11,000 works of art at the David Owsley Museum of Art. They can participate in the music scene or join the craft beer enthusiasts. They can even become part of one of the longest trail projects in the United States.
7. Northampton, Massachusetts
Move over, Berkeley: Northampton, MA is widely considered one of the most politically liberal, intellectually unique, and artistically rich destinations in the entire countries.
Additionally, LGBT people will feel very much at home here, given the area’s sizable LGBT community and left-wing population.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Northampton, MA was the center of a Utopian progressive community that believed in freedom and equality for all in a time when slavery was still the law of the land in the South. The descendants of that community would probably be proud of Northampton today.
While Northampton, MA is the location of the famous Smith college, it is not a city exclusively for the very young. The median age for residents residing in the Northampton area is 40.
Northampton is underrated as a potential place to live and as a tourist destination. Lots of people now go there in order to appreciate the arts and music scene there. The Paradise City Arts Festival attracts people from all over the world; the Academy of Music, as well as various concert venues, continually attract music lovers.
6. Bar Harbor, Maine
Many people have heard of Bar Harbor, but most only stop to visit. It is a very small city with a population of less than 10,000.
But as more word gets out about this beautiful little area, the small city is going to expand. People who want to see some of the high points of Acadia National Park can visit Bar Harbor, and lots of them will want to stay.
There’s a reason that Bar Harbor was once the home to the summer houses of the richest people in the United States: it is, purely and simply, a beautiful area.
The younger people who try out the city are going to be bringing it into the next century without sacrificing its lovely and charming simplicity. The area is actually a big center for scientific research at places like the MDI Biological Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory, which is just another way that Bar Harbor, ME is full of surprises.
5. Dothan, Alabama
People who live outside of the American South are sometimes adverse to living there, and people who live within the American South sometimes don’t want to live anywhere else. Both of these groups, strangely enough, may find themselves warming up to Dothan, Alabama.
For one thing, people who like peanuts will be charmed by Dothan, Alabama, which could more or less be described as ‘peanut Heaven.’ Around 25 percent of the peanut resources in the United States are produced in the local area, and there are peanut festivals for the people who embrace the city’s nuttiest traditions.
Despite the power of the local agricultural industry, the city has a fairly broad local economy. People will be able to find plenty of jobs in the medical field, local government, and retail in the city as well.